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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

(Whistle Stop, AL #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  5,459 ratings  ·  1,168 reviews
The beloved author returns to the small town at the heart of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe with a heartwarming novel about secrets of youth rediscovered, hometown memories, and everyday magic.

Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his mother Ruth, church-going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-lovi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Random House
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Carolyne You could, theoretically, read this as a standalone, because she does do some reminiscing which would fill a new reader in on some of the very basics …moreYou could, theoretically, read this as a standalone, because she does do some reminiscing which would fill a new reader in on some of the very basics of the key characters. This was actually very helpful for readers like me who read the original 10 or 15 years ago -just enough to bring all the memories rushing back. So yes, you *could* read it without having read the first one, but I wouldn't recommend it. From a pure enjoyment perspective, it's worth your time to go read 'Fried Green Tomatoes' first, because knowing the history behind some of the relationships makes many of the outcomes in the 2nd book so much richer and more meaningful. (less)
Judi I wondered about the army, too. I find it hard to believe he could have got accepted. But the story was still good and that's what I care about.

As for…more
I wondered about the army, too. I find it hard to believe he could have got accepted. But the story was still good and that's what I care about.

As for how he lost his arm, maybe it told in FGT but I don't remember that. I do remember what happened to his father however!(less)

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Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't mind admitting that I was apprehensive of reading Fannie Flagg's return to Whistle Stop in Alabama, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a beloved favourite, and I was psyching myself up for disappointment. It is with joy that I report it was far from that, the original spirit and magic is all here as we are given a non-linear narrative, that goes back in forth in time from the 1930s to the present day, learning of what has happens to the close knit Whistle Stop community. It ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a historical fiction. This is an update on the characters from the Fried Green Tomatoes book. This is a slow moving book with short chapters. The first part I found a little boring, but the ending was very good. I enjoyed the characters. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Random House) or author (Fannie Flagg) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading "The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop" is like taking a meandering Sunday drive with old friends in a pink Cadillac down a scenic rural highway to a cafe in your childhood hometown, where you miss a few turns, have to backtrack, laugh and cry a little, stop at a few roadside stands for honey and fried green tomatoes, and find when you get there that the journey was just as important as the destination.

This is a book that 100% succeeds in achieving what it set out to be. It's an extremely wort

This story begins in November of 1938, inside the Train Station in Birmingham, Alabama, followed by a brief glimpse at both Whistle Stop, and a little boy and his dog running alongside the train. If you’ve read Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, or seen the movie, you’ll undoubtedly recognize many of the characters in this story - Buddy, Evelyn Couch, Ninny and Idgie, along with others. Years pass as this story progresses, but it returns to yesteryear off and on to fil
Kerrin P
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wondered what happened to Evelyn Couch, along with Idgie, Buddy Jr., and Ninny Threadgoode? If so, The Wonder Boy of Whistlestop will answer those questions for you and other fans of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.

It’s hard to believe that it has been 33 years since Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes was first published in 1987. I remember reading the novel in 1989 and being so excited when it was made into a movie. I can only think of one other story [ To Kill A Mo
Theresa Alan
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a cute, fast, sweet novel. It was difficult to get into the story because for the first third of the novel, there is no actual story. It just bounces around from different times in history from the points of view of different people, many of whom we’ve met in Flagg’s earlier books. Then, when it finally resembles an actual narrative, basically nothing happens.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book, which RELEASES OCTOBER 27, 2020.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was excited to see that Fannie Flagg had written a new novel updating us all on characters from her wildly successful novel Fried Green Tomatoes. Unfortunately, nothing about this worked for me. It bounced around so much from place-to-place, time-to-time and character-to- character that it was impossible to develop any kind of connection with any of characters. I found myself completely bored. The writing was shallow, detached and unbelievable. If you are a die-hard FGT fan th
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to get this ARC and the story was so much better than I even expected! Make sure to read Whistle Stop Cafe before this one as this one is a follow up that ties everything up nicely. Fannie Flagg in my opinion is one of the best writers out there. Nobody can give you the cozy homey happy feeling like she does. Loved this one and HIGHLY recommend.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: southern, sequel
Flagg has penned this long awaited sequel to Fried Green Tomatoes for her fans. Whatever ever did happen to the unforgettable characters from Whistle Stop when the trains stopped running and the cafe closed? Now we know. The book felt rushed as in this case the sequel was not as good as the original, yet still with Flagg’s relaxed, southern charm, a lovely book for an autumn weekend morning.

3.5 stars
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg is the sequel of the popular Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. The problem with sequels is that they rarely live up to the original and unfortunately this is the case here. I am going against the grain on this one because it looks like most reviewers are extremely fond of the new novel. But to me it seems that the author wanted to squeeze one last drop from a well-loved cozy story. This book is an update of the lives of the characters i ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
Review to follow. This took me forever to finish, sluggish and repetitive
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this return to the setting and characters from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. This book is written in quintessential Fannie Flagg style, and while it might send some readers' heads spinning with the jumping back and forth in time and between the characters' POVs, I loved it.
I love how she gives the reader a look at a particular situation from various angles: through time, through other eyes, so that you get a complete picture of how things play out. I just loved
Mama Cass
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fried Green Tomatoes remains where it has been since the first day I read it, still in my top 5 books (and movies) of all time. I have read all of Fannie's books, and while I do love the Elmwood Springs series, Whistle Stop will always be a place in time, of a town I wish I had grown up in, with a friend named Idgie Threadgoode. So, of course, when Fannie wrote The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop, I could not wait to read it. And they're all there, again, Idgie, Ruth, Big George, Ninny, Sipsey and th ...more
Donna Davis
They say that old writers never die, and I hope that’s true. With her last novel, The Whole Town’s Talking, Flagg announced that she was done. It was her final novel. I was sad to hear it, but grateful to have been able to read every wonderful thing she’s ever written. She has given us so much! And then, imagine my joy when I opened my email to find an invitation from Random House and Net Galley to read and review this sequel to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, which is possibly my ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The small town of Whistle Stop, AL has its share of characters. There’s Dot the postmistress, Opal from the beauty shop, and of course Ruth and Idgie who run the café with son Buddy. The chapters focus on different years, from the thirties through the present day, tied together with Dot’s annual letter catching everyone up on their former neighbors, even after everyone has moved away from Whistle Stop. Flagg has written a book where it seems that every good deed is paid forward. If you read the ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books.

This is a wonderful, warm book revisiting beloved characters from Whistle Stop, Alabama. The book skips back and forth between time periods and characters, telling some of the side stories in between the lines of Fried Green Tomatoes.

There is one main storyline that flows through the whole book, focused on Buddy Threadgoode and his daughter Ruthie. We learn what happens to Bud and his family, as well as other characters after time p
Susan Johnson
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is the perfect book to read when you are feeling overwhelmed and depressed. It will surely brighten your day and make you feel happy. It brings back so many happy memories of one of my favorite books, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. This is an update on the residents of Whistle Stop and also a walk down memory lane.

There is not much of a plot but more of a series of vignettes of the characters that made Tomatoes such a memorable book. It loosely follows Ruth's son, Bud, and
Fannie Flagg always manages to write such heartwarming stories and this newest work from her is no exception. I found this to be a hybrid of short stories, a novel and a sentimental walk down memory lane featuring all the special characters from Whistle Stop.

I expected this to be more about Bud, but it seemed that it was about everybody, even though it did tell readers about what happened to Bud through the years after he left Whistle Stop.
In a sense, this was Bud recalling fond memories along w
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arcs
Review to follow.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
As both a bestselling book and a blockbuster movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” made the folks of small town Alabama beloved neighbors of many Americans. This book picks up where “Fried Green Tomatoes” left off and quickly catapults us another 6 decades. The little boy who lost an arm in an accident is now a widow living in a retirement home. I don’t think this book works as a standalone novel. All the character development was done in the earlier book. If the reader did not ...more
Amber Brown
Mar 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
Julie  Durnell
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern
Oh my, this was delightfully sweet closure for all the wonderful characters from Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Fannie Flagg is topnotch in southern storytelling, and this second novel of Whistle Stop is just as good as the first. It fills in a few of the gaps in Idgie and Ruth's extended families and neighbors. The timeline does jump around but I had no difficulty with that, especially as I just finished rereading Fried Green Tomatoes. ...more
debbicat *made of stardust*
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
4 stars! I really enjoyed this! It was nice to revisit the Whistle Stop folks again. Also, to give some of them endings. A lot of gaps were filled in and I smiled a lot, getting to spend time with some of my favorite characters. (the bee charmer Idgie)

I got this from NetGalley really early on and was quite excited to have an ARC and get to read months ago. Life got a little too busy for me and I was not able to get to it. As a treat, I used one of my audible credits and downloaded it before head
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Variation on a song...What the world needs now, is Flagg, sweet Flagg.... As we continue to slog our way through this crapfest of a year, we need a break. Fannie Flagg to the rescue.

Mid-April I was remarking to anyone who would listen, “I NEED a new Fannie Flagg book!” She is my puppies and sunshine author who reliably dishes up comfort reads that soothe like macaroni and cheese with an apple pie chaser. Much to my amazed delight, an email arrived this week from Random House and NetGalley offer
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is Southern Comfort in a book.

If you’re feeling a little sad and weary this book is the only medicine you will need to feel better. It’s like being wrapped in a warm fuzzy blanket.

It’s folksy, charming, delightful, funny and totally heartwarming.

If you have read “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” or seen the movie this book brings back all the beloved characters and brings you up to date with them. If you did not read the book or see the movie, read the book anyway.

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If you’ve read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, or enjoyed the Fried Green Tomatoes movie, this book is for you.

Short chapters jump around in time, from back in the 1930s, when a lot of the first book played out, to nearly the current day. All the characters from the first book are here: Idgie, Ruth, Ninny Threadgoode, Buddy, Evelyn Crouch and more. The primary focus is on Buddy and his family, especially his daughter, Ruthie.

Fannie Flagg cleverly weaves her plot so that wonderful
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Did the author re-read FGT before she wrote this one?

I ask because I did, this past week. I simply opened up my eyes, swept them from left to right, sounding out words based on the phonics that I learned back in grade school. I retained information, the little synapses in my brain wiggling around and forming memories.

I eagerly opened this book this morning. I’m a third of the way through the book and here is what we learned:

The character of Julian died around Easter 1988 but even though he was
Sherri Thacker
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started out very slow and was bouncing all over the place so I had a hard time getting interested in it. I also wonder because I did not read Fried Green Tomatoes before this one, if that’s why I was getting confused with all the many characters. I was a little disappointed in this book overall. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I've been reading a lot of books by Fannie Flagg this year with a group of friends and of those I've read so far, this one is my favorite. I loved getting back with those characters we met in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and this book brings us both forward and backward in time, as well as introduces us to new characters related those those we met and loved in FGT. I really liked that the little town of Whistle Stop plays a role in this story as well! That part was fun to watch ...more
Taylor (taymwoods)
I loved returning to Whistle Stop and getting to re-acquaint myself with the beloved Idgie and Ruth. Overall I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it. I definitely liked some of the new things we got to learn about who ended up where and other funny stories. Parts of the story could have used better dialogue - at times it felt like Flagg was doing writing exercises instead of actually adding to the story? Some of the dialogue just felt so...phony. Still fun and light hearted though!
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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as "Fried Green Tomatoes"), Welcome to the World, Bab ...more

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